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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Davis: "He [Max Roach] said he'd rather hear a guy miss a couple of notes than hear the same old cliches all the time." - (Downbeat November 2, 1955).
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Abdullah Ibrahim: “When I started composing in Cape Town, people would say, ‘That sounds like Monk.’ That’s how I first heard about Monk. So I said, ‘Let me listen to this person.’ – (Down Beat May 2015).

Today Friday May 29

Afternoon.
RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Monkseaton Arms, Front St, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Classic jazz in new, just along the street, venue.
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STEPHEN GREW/YOSHIE KAWAMURA - Lit and Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
Emancipation of the Dissonant is the billing given to this lunchtime recital by two contrasting solo pianists.
Kawamura will give us some Prokofiev and Grew will launch an improv CD actually recorded at the L and P. A challenging afternoon awaits.
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Evening.
CAFE SOCIETY - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £5 (£3 before 8.30pm).
London based quartet blending contemporary jazz, hip-hop and soul. That's what the man says!
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ZOE GILBY/DEAN STOCKDALE - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 6pm - 9pm. 0191 2331010. Free.
More duo delights in the Redwood Bar and you ain't gonna get much better than this!
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BRASS STUDS - Cluny 2, Lime St., Newcastle. 8pm. £4.
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GEORGE SHOVLIN and the RADARS - Dun Cow, 9 High St. West. Sunderland, SR1 3HA. 8pm. £4.
Blues by the best. Fortnightly - Back June 5.
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- Opus 4, Traveller's Rest, West Auckland Rd., Cockerton, Darlington. 8pm. £6.
Monthly - Back June 19 w. Dean Stockdale Quartet.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Andrea Pattinson Quintet @ The Cherry Tree.

Andrea Pattinson (vcl), Dave Dunston (alt/sop), Graham Wood (pno), Richard Rutherford (bs), Paul Smith (dms).
Tonight I had my better (ish) half with me and I'm pleased to report the food and the music was to her taste. Marlene's sardine starter, she said, went down a treat although she did find it disconcerting to have the poor creatures eyes staring up at her. I had no such problem with my squid it formed an immediate alliance with my tastebuds and they lived happily ever after.
On the stand, Andrea, perched on a high stool with only Graham's piano for accompaniment, warbled "A Nightingale Sang in Berkely Square" or, in this case, in Osborne Road.
It was a low key opening, no doubt in deference to the diners, that was perhaps a little too laid back to be fully appreciated. Nevertheless, the quality was there and gradually, as the night unfolded and the band reached its full complement, she began to blossom. "The Way You Look Tonight" was easy on the ears with some nice alto from Dave Dunston. He too blew in the understated manner of say early Lee Konitz.
Graham Wood chorded beautifully on the grand piano with bass and drums giving sound support.
A good first set that didn't ruffle any feathers,
Talking of feathers, the Chicken Supreme was just that whilst 'er outdoors enjoyed her Haddock Mash which, wallowing on a bed of spinach, was more than just your average fishcake - my microwave cooking will never be the same for her.
Circumstances decreed I didn't catch all of the final set but the band had raised its game for this set kicking off with "My Baby Just Cares For Me" although I think anyone who sings that song should update the lyric e.g "Liberace's smile" is no longer meaningful. Any suggestions?
"I Wish You Love" and "You Are The Sunshine of my Life" were a couple of others that went down ok with Dave getting a sort of Spyra Giro sax sound going on the latter.
Nice easy listening dinner jazz that gave additional flavour to the chocolate tart and blood orange sorbet.
Next week it's the Graham Hardy Quartet.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. I've wondered about the lyric in 'My Baby Just Cares For Me' too. I've heard Lana Turner & Liberace used in old recordings. How about Bruce Forsythe's smile (very hard to pronounce) ....or maybe Beyonce's...
    Debra

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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